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  • Published: 2 July 2024
  • ISBN: 9780593479858
  • Imprint: RHUS Children's Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $22.99

Pretty Dead Queens




The new homecoming queen is dead . . . and she's not the first unsolved murder at Seaview High. From the critically acclaimed author of The Ivies comes a nonstop YA thriller about a decades-old mystery, a copycat killer, and the teen who will stop at nothing to uncover the truth.

"Utterly savage." –Jessica Goodman, New York Times bestselling author of They’ll Never Catch Us

"Hand this fast-paced thriller filled with plenty of twists and drama to fans of Holly Jackson or Karen M. McManus." -SLJ

The new homecoming queen is dead . . . and she's not the first unsolved murder at Seaview High. From the critically acclaimed author of The Ivies comes a nonstop YA thriller about a decades-old mystery, a copycat killer, and the teen who will stop at nothing to uncover the truth.

"Utterly savage." –Jessica Goodman, New York Times bestselling author of They’ll Never Catch Us

"Hand this fast-paced thriller filled with plenty of twists and drama to fans of Holly Jackson or Karen M. McManus." -SLJ

A 2023 Edgar Award Nominee!

After the death of her mom (screw cancer), seventeen-year-old Cecelia Ellis goes to live with her estranged grandmother, a celebrated author whose Victorian mansion is as creepy as the murder mysteries she writes. On the surface, life is utterly ordinary in the California coastal town . . . until the homecoming queen is murdered. And she’s not Seaview’s first pretty dead queen.

With a copycat killer on the loose, Cecelia throws herself into the investigation, determined to crack the case like the heroines in her grandmother’s books. But the more Cecelia digs into the town’s secrets, the more she worries that her own mystery might not have a storybook ending.

  • Published: 2 July 2024
  • ISBN: 9780593479858
  • Imprint: RHUS Children's Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $22.99

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Praise for Pretty Dead Queens

Praise for The Ivies:
"A definite one-sitting read.” --J. Elle, New York Times bestselling author of Wings of Ebony

“Tense, twisty, and oh-so-addictive, The Ivies kept me guessing right up until the end.” --Emily Lloyd-Jones, author of The Bone Houses and The Hearts We Sold
"A satisfying page-turner, full of surprises and dark humor." --Emily Arsenault, author of All the Pretty Things